Hangin' with the monkeys. Member of the Trade: Lawton Audio
Jun 22, 2001
There are a million versions of their catalog. The most recent remasters date from 1999 and sound great *to me* (they were remastered by Roger Nichols, the original producer).
However, if you go the Steve Hoffman forums, you will discover endless arguments over these. There are many obscure older edition from the mid-80's that some people prefer, but you have to make sure you have the exact right version as there are so many variations.
IMO, just get the easy-to-find '99 remasters and don't sweat it.
Get the newer Dan releases. If you're looking for a fairly comprehensive overview of their stuff, pick up "Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980". Excellent mastering and a good arrangement of songs that can eaily be listened to all the way through. I actually recommended this CD as well in another thread concerning the best sounding CD's or something like that.
Steely Dan is so available for cheap on vinyl...get this if you have a decent phono. option. I've been able to pick up most of what I have on 150 gm.+ vinyl in the used bins. and it sounds very good I'd say. If you're buying CD's, spend an extra buck or two on remastered versions...as noted, the 1999-2000 versions are well done and true to the session sounds but improved....